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New plan could cut red-light ticket fines

February 11, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine wants to change the way red line fines are handled. Right now they go through the Los Angeles County court system. Zine wants the city to process those fines.Red light fines currently run between $400 to $500. However, the city receives less than $150 of the amount.

The amount of fines is set by state and county agencies. Los Angeles issues thousands of red-light tickets each month. The number of tickets is growing with the use of photo enforcement.

Zine says by letting the city handle the paperwork they could reduce paperwork costs, lower the fines, and the city would make more money at the same time.

Zine wants an administrative hearing to re-visit the red light fine issue.

City News Service and the Associated Press contributed to this report.